Conservative staffers have been pre-screening every person who attends Stephen Harper's rallies to ensure the prime minister only meets positive crowds.
Now there's been a new development. On Tuesday a reporter for Vancouver radio station CKNW named Shelby Thom said she was booted from a Harper rally in Richmond, B.C. for trying to interview supporters about marijuana.
Earlier in the day Harper sparred with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over marijuana legalization. He also promised new funding for the RCMP to go after grow-ops.
For those wondering, it's not normal to prevent reporters from trying to interview attendees of a political event. But questions about unprecedented levels of control have followed the Conservative campaign.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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